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The many ways that you’re being tracked, catalogued and controlled
The Friendswood Journal ^ | January 6, 2014 | John W. Whitehead

Posted on 01/06/2014 3:36:24 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

“[A security camera] doesn’t respond to complaint, threats, or insults. Instead, it just watches you in a forbidding manner. Today, the surveillance state is so deeply enmeshed in our data devices that we don’t even scream back because technology companies have convinced us that we need to be connected to them to be happy.” — Pratap Chatterjee, journalist

What is most striking about the American police state is not the mega-corporations running amok in the halls of Congress, the militarized police crashing through doors and shooting unarmed citizens, or the invasive surveillance regime which has come to dominate every aspect of our lives. No, what has been most disconcerting about the emergence of the American police state is the extent to which the citizenry appears content to passively wait for someone else to solve our nation’s many problems. Unless Americans are prepared to engage in militant nonviolent resistance in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi, true reform, if any, will be a long time coming.

Yet as I detail in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, if we don’t act soon, all that is in need of fixing will soon be unfixable, especially as it relates to the police state that becomes more entrenched with each passing day. By “police state,” I am referring to more than a society overrun by the long arm of the police. I am referring to a society in which all aspects of a person’s life are policed by government agents, one in which all citizens are suspects, their activities monitored and regulated, their movements tracked, their communications spied upon, and their lives, liberties and pursuit of happiness dependent on the government’s say-so.

That said, how can anyone be expected to “fix” what is broken unless they first understand the lengths to which the government with its arsenal of technology is going in order to accustom the American people to life in a police state and why being spied on by government agents, both state and federal, as well as their partners in the corporate world, is a problem, even if you’ve done nothing wrong.

Indeed, as the trend towards overcriminalization makes clear, it won’t be long before the average law-abiding American is breaking laws she didn’t even know existed during the course of a routine day. The point, of course, is that while you may be oblivious to your so-called law-breaking—whether it was collecting rainwater to water your lawn, lighting a cigarette in the privacy of your home, or gathering with friends in your backyard for a Sunday evening Bible study—the government will know each and every transgression and use them against you.

As noted by the Brookings Institution, “For the first time ever, it will become technologically and financially feasible for authoritarian governments to record nearly everything that is said or done within their borders — every phone conversation, electronic message, social media interaction, the movements of nearly every person and vehicle, and video from every street corner.”

As the following will show, the electronic concentration camp, as I have dubbed the surveillance state, is perhaps the most insidious of the police state’s many tentacles, impacting almost every aspect of our lives and making it that much easier for the government to encroach on our most vital freedoms, ranging from free speech, assembly and the press to due process, privacy, and property, by eavesdropping on our communications, tracking our movements and spying on our activities.

Tracking you based on your consumer activities: Fusion centers, federal-state law enforcement partnerships which attempt to aggregate a variety of data on so-called “suspicious persons,” have actually collected reports on people buying pallets of bottled water, photographing government buildings, and applying for a pilot’s license as “suspicious activity.” Retailers are getting in on the surveillance game as well. Large corporations such as Target have been tracking and assessing the behavior of their customers, particularly their purchasing patterns, for years. In 2015, mega-food corporations will be rolling out high-tech shelving outfitted with cameras in order to track the shopping behavior of customers, as well as information like the age and sex of shoppers.

Tracking you based on your public activities: Sensing a booming industry, private corporations are jumping on the surveillance state bandwagon, negotiating lucrative contracts with police agencies throughout the country in order to create a web of surveillance that encompasses all major urban centers. Companies such as NICE and Bright Planet are selling equipment and services to police departments with the promise of monitoring large groups of people seamlessly, as in the case of protests and rallies. They are also engaging in extensive online surveillance, looking for any hints of “large public events, social unrest, gang communications, and criminally predicated individuals.” Defense contractors are attempting to take a bite out of this lucrative market as well. Raytheon has recently developed a software package known as Riot, which promises to predict the future behavior of an individual based upon his social media posts.

Tracking you based on your phone activities: The CIA has been paying AT&T over $10 million per year in order to gain access to data on Americans’ phone calls abroad. This is in addition to telecommunications employees being embedded in government facilities to assist with quick analysis of call records and respond to government requests for customer location data. They receive hundreds of thousands of such requests per year.

Tracking you based on your computer activities: Federal agents now employ a number of hacking methods in order to gain access to your computer activities and “see” whatever you’re seeing on your monitor. Malicious hacking software can be installed via a number of inconspicuous methods, including USB, or via an email attachment or software update. It can then be used to search through files stored on a hard drive, log keystrokes, or take real time screenshots of whatever a person is looking at on their computer, whether personal files, web pages, or email messages. It can also be used to remotely activate cameras and microphones, offering another means of glimpsing into the personal business of a target.

Tracking you based on your behavior: Thanks to a torrent of federal grants, police departments across the country are able to fund outrageous new surveillance systems that turn the most basic human behaviors into suspicious situations to be studied and analyzed. Police in California, Massachusetts, and New York have all received federal funds to create systems like that operated by the New York Police Department, which “links 3,000 surveillance cameras with license plate readers, radiation sensors, criminal databases and terror suspect lists.” Police all across the country are also now engaging in big data mining operations, often with the help of private companies, in order to develop city-wide nets of surveillance. For example, police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, now work with IBM in order to “integrate new data and analytics tools into everyday crime fighting.”

Tracking you based on your face: Facial recognition software promises to create a society in which every individual who steps out into public is tracked and recorded as they go about their daily business. The goal is for government agents to be able to scan a crowd of people and instantaneously identify all of the individuals present. Facial recognition programs are being rolled out in states all across the country (only twelve states do not use facial recognition software). For example, in Ohio, 30,000 police officers and court employees are able to access the driver’s license images of people in the state, without any form of oversight to track their views or why they’re accessing them. The FBI is developing a $1 billion program, Next Generation Identification, which involves creating a massive database of mugshots for police all across the country.

Tracking you based on your car: License plate readers, which can identify the owner of any car that comes within its sights, are growing in popularity among police agencies. Affixed to overpasses or cop cars, these devices give police a clear idea of where your car was at a specific date and time, whether the doctor’s office, the bar, the mosque, or at a political rally. State police in Virginia used license plate readers to record every single vehicle that arrived to President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009 from Virginia. They also recorded the license plates of attendees at rallies prior to the election, including for then-candidate Obama and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. This data collection came at the request of the U.S. Secret Service. Incredibly, Virginia police stored data on some 8 million license plates, some for up to three years.

Tracking you based on your social media activities: The obsession with social media as a form of surveillance will have some frightening consequences in coming years. As Helen A.S. Popkin, writing for NBC News, has astutely observed, “We may very well face a future where algorithms bust people en masse for referencing illegal ‘Game of Thrones’ downloads, or run sweeps for insurance companies seeking non-smokers confessing to lapsing back into the habit. Instead of that one guy getting busted for a lame joke misinterpreted as a real threat, the new software has the potential to roll, Terminator-style, targeting every social media user with a shameful confession or questionable sense of humor.”

Tracking you based on your metadata: Metadata is an incredibly invasive set of data to have on a person. Indeed, with access to one’s metadata, one can “identify people’s friends and associates, detect where they were at a certain time, acquire clues to religious or political affiliations, and pick up sensitive information like regular calls to a psychiatrist’s office, late-night messages to an extramarital partner or exchanges with a fellow plotter.” The National Security Agency (NSA) has been particularly interested in metadata, compiling information on Americans’ social connections “that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information.” Mainway, the main NSA tool used to connect the dots on American social connections, collected 700 million phone records per day in 2011. That number increased by 1.1 billion in August 2011. The NSA is now working on creating “a metadata repository capable of taking in 20 billion ‘record events’ daily and making them available to N.S.A. analysts within 60 minutes.”

Tracking you from the skies: Nothing, and I mean nothing, will escape government eyes, especially when drones take to the skies in 2015. These gadgets, ranging from the colossal to the miniature, will have the capability of seeing through the walls of your home and tracking your every movement.

To put it bluntly, we are living in an electronic concentration camp. Through a series of imperceptible steps, we have willingly allowed ourselves to become enmeshed in a system that knows the most intimate details of our lives, analyzes them, and treats us accordingly. Whether via fear of terrorism, narcissistic pleasure, or lazy materialism, we have slowly handed over our information to all sorts of entities, corporate and governmental, public and private, who are now using that information to cow and control us for their profit. As George Orwell warned, “You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”

Thus, we have arrived in Orwell’s world. The question now is: will we take a stand and fight to remain free or will we go gently into the concentration camp?


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: 666; drones; fusion; nsa; obama; privacy; spying; surveillance; tracking
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1 posted on 01/06/2014 3:36:24 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That hurts. Sometimes the truth hurts though.


2 posted on 01/06/2014 3:38:25 PM PST by BipolarBob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sung to “Crying”

by Roy Orbinson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSrdWK4t3XY

Spying.

It was all right, for awhile
You could dial, with a smile
But I flagged you last night
Your thoughts weren’t quite right
As you popped, and went below

Oh, you wished me well
Now you can’t tell
That I’m still Spying over you
Spying over you

What you thought that you owned
Leaves you standing all alone
And I am spying, spying
Spying, Spying

Not so hard to understand
Just a touch of your hand
Will start me Spying

You thought that I, was over you

You have no clue, it’s true
Get paid even more
Than I did before

There’s nothing that you can do
Since you don’t trust me
I will always be, Spying over you
Spying over you

Think now you’re gone
From this moment on
I’ll be spying, spying
Spying, Spying
Yeah, spying, spying
Over you.


3 posted on 01/06/2014 3:40:52 PM PST by Zeneta
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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Yeah, I'm thinking the Amish might be on to something.

4 posted on 01/06/2014 3:41:12 PM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Almost the first thing ozero did was allocate a huge amount of money for nanotechnology. My thought is this will be another avenue for them to usurp our rights and keep track of us all


5 posted on 01/06/2014 3:41:30 PM PST by South Dakota (shut up and build a bakken pipe line)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It always amazes me how easily people give up information about themselves. Even at the checkout lines name, address, phone, etc. I always say “ why do you need that?” Then say “no thanks.” That ends the questions.


6 posted on 01/06/2014 3:42:03 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He is right about the fact that we seem to be frozen as far as refusing to take this stuff. I guess it is fear. We fear the government so we fail to act. We think we can fix it with an election.

I believe it is supposed to be the other way around. The government should fear the wrath of the citizens. I am no longer young, but I feel sad for the stupid youths that have been brainwashed to accept this. At least we won’t see the worst of it. Obamacare will take care of us.


7 posted on 01/06/2014 3:43:47 PM PST by dforest
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

While I am convinced that I will die at the hands of a government goon, I am not convinced that even the deaths of millions of American “patriots,” as we are now labeled, will turn the American proletariat against the Lords of DC.

Americans are not accustomed to pain and discomfort. We are used to having running water, electricity, heat and air conditioning. We are used to having televisions, computers, the Internet, cellular phones, and automobiles. We are even willing to pay whatever is asked to use those devices. At no point do I believe that Americans will wake up and revolt. As long as the lights stay on, the car is gassed up, the cell phone is connected, and the media continues to spin on cable TV, Americans will be disinterested in politics or the reality of America as it’s come to pass.

Only when those luxury items are forcibly removed by repossession agents, federal “tax collectors,” or men in black robes behind benches will Americans wake up, and by then, you’ll be sitting uncomfortably in the gray bar hotel.

“I, for one, welcome our new overlords.”


8 posted on 01/06/2014 3:46:03 PM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: MeganC

Or the expatriates.


9 posted on 01/06/2014 3:46:12 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: South Dakota
My thought is this will be another avenue for them to usurp our rights and keep track of us all

Quite possible, but I'd also bet that there are Obama allies on the receiving end of the dough.

10 posted on 01/06/2014 3:49:51 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; ...

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...

11 posted on 01/06/2014 3:49:57 PM PST by null and void (It is as if they all had one head. Too bad they donÂ’t all have one neck.)
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To: Puppage

I answer the questions but I lie. Garbage in, garbage out.


12 posted on 01/06/2014 3:50:22 PM PST by ez (Muslims do not play well with others.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you’ve ever read and you believe what you’ve read in the bible concerning the end times you’d have known this was all destined to happen. Just sad to see is all. Then again his redemption draweth nigh!


13 posted on 01/06/2014 3:51:41 PM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

aw-abiding American is breaking laws she didn’t even know existed

not to mention grammar rules...


14 posted on 01/06/2014 3:51:55 PM PST by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...as I detail in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, if we don’t act soon, all that is in need of fixing will soon be unfixable, especially as it relates to the police state that becomes more entrenched with each passing day. By “police state,” I am referring to more than a society overrun by the long arm of the police. I am referring to a society in which all aspects of a person’s life are policed by government agents, one in which all citizens are suspects, their activities monitored and regulated, their movements tracked, their communications spied upon, and their lives, liberties and pursuit of happiness dependent on the government’s say-so.

John Whitehead PING

15 posted on 01/06/2014 3:52:17 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: null and void

And with all the chip backdoors apparently we’re not just being tracked by people in CONUS. Betcha the chicoms have a massive database on ‘interesting’ gaijin as well.


16 posted on 01/06/2014 3:52:43 PM PST by Black Agnes
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The grubment that can’t roll out the ACA cannot track you. They are drowning in information they cannot analyze.


17 posted on 01/06/2014 3:54:03 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
they forgot the Smart Meter - that records your every movement INSIDE your home - can read the electronic signature of every appliance you use - even to the MAKE, say , of your hairdryer and how long you use it - how long you take a shower, etc etc

Were you ‘smart’ enough NOT to allow a ‘smart meter”?

18 posted on 01/06/2014 3:54:50 PM PST by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: FReepers
Jan 3, 2014 A secretive U.S. spy court has ruled again that the National Security Agency can keep collecting every American's telephone records every day


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19 posted on 01/06/2014 3:57:51 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: VRWC For Truth

The ACA was never meant to “work.” The government believes the worse obamacare makes healthcare, the more people will clamor for single payer care. You make a common error mistaking malice for incompetence.


20 posted on 01/06/2014 4:04:43 PM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; MestaMachine; Rushmore Rocks; Oorang; sweetiepiezer; txnuke; La Lydia; aragorn; ...
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Article, in case anyone missed it.

(Forty thousand new laws went into effect on January 1st, 2014. Who knows what these new laws mandate? You can bet they are not for our benefit.)

21 posted on 01/06/2014 4:38:37 PM PST by LucyT ( If you're NOT paranoid, you don't know what's going on.)
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To: rarestia
I am not convinced that even the deaths of millions of American “patriots,” as we are now labeled, will turn the American proletariat against the Lords of DC.

Not unless we win - then the proletariat can KMA.
There are more engaged "patriots" now than there were in 1775. I think. Maybe.

22 posted on 01/06/2014 4:46:44 PM PST by grobdriver
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bttt.


23 posted on 01/06/2014 4:49:42 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: BipolarBob

That hurts. Sometimes the truth hurts though.


See tagline.


24 posted on 01/06/2014 4:55:47 PM PST by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: VRWC For Truth
The grubment that can’t roll out the ACA cannot track you. They are drowning in information they cannot analyze.

As a data analyst for a large corporation, I can attest to what you are saying. The problem is that they don't know when their data is corrupted so many errors occur based on erroneous information. For this reason, I have never believed government statistics, it is based on a subset of analyzable data that does not constitute a good sample. If not data errors, consider human error in addition. Think, swat teams invading wrong houses because of street name misspellings,etc.

So while I believe the government is inefficient and bungling, the result can be detrimental chaos.

25 posted on 01/06/2014 5:01:55 PM PST by PuzzledInTX
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To: null and void

this has been happening for me since I was age 7….don’t ask and I won’t tell because it is the typical big government paranoia case


26 posted on 01/06/2014 5:42:33 PM PST by Nifster
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The question now is: will we take a stand and fight to remain free or will we go gently into the concentration camp?

And what exactly would you like us to do about it, sweetheart? We can't all be Ed Snowden.

27 posted on 01/06/2014 5:45:42 PM PST by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: DJ MacWoW

He’s still gonna be President in 2103?
Oh crap!


28 posted on 01/06/2014 6:21:46 PM PST by ChicagahAl (Don't blame me. I voted for Sarah.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Saoirise
"...Tracking you from the skies: Nothing, and I mean nothing, will escape government eyes, especially when drones take to the skies in 2015. These gadgets, ranging from the colossal to the miniature, will have the capability of seeing through the walls of your home and tracking your every movement..."

We are living the Rise of the Machines.

29 posted on 01/06/2014 9:52:43 PM PST by 444Flyer (How long O LORD?)
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To: grobdriver

Fewer than 1/3 of colonists at the time supported America’s push for independence. Those numbers were identical for the Civil War. If we have 1/3 of Americans today (approximately 100 million people), we’d have one hell of a fighting force.

I do, however, support my previous assertion that most of them, myself included, have never known struggle or pain and would be resistant to changing their ways as a result.


30 posted on 01/07/2014 5:05:39 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: ChicagahAl
He’s still gonna be President in 2103? Oh crap!

I don't think I will be around to see him retire..!

31 posted on 01/07/2014 5:11:00 AM PST by Las Vegas Dave (The democRATic party preys on the ignorant..!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bookmark


32 posted on 01/07/2014 5:31:30 AM PST by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Half the idiots in this country are fine with being being watched.


33 posted on 01/07/2014 7:10:38 AM PST by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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To: Zeneta

Have you cyber hugged your NSA dude today?


34 posted on 01/07/2014 7:16:02 AM PST by bgill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bkmk


35 posted on 01/07/2014 3:06:19 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44
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